I'd try and use the grain, especially if you have room for it. If it turns out great, you saved some money, if it doesn't at least you tried. I currently have grains for 8 upcoming summer batches in my freezer because I bought (and crushed) some in bulk when I was at Midwest in MN. So, if you give it a shot, I'd like to know how it turns out. I'm hoping that my grain will stay good for 8 more weeks..